Tiques - Joan Rubio
Grape Variety: Monastrell
Producer: Tiques (Joan Rubió)
Region: Penedès, Catalunya, Spain
Wild Scale: 2/5
Winemaking: Organic Monastrell grapes were harvested by hand. The grapes were crushed and only the first free-run juice was kept. Fermentation with indigenous yeast in stainless steel. The wine was bottled before fermentation was complete in order to create fizz inside the bottle (ancestral winemaking technique). No added sulphur.
This Wine: Somewhere in the middle of sparkling red and pink wine made by Ancestral method (Pet Nat). It's precise and classy but still fun with lively acidity and notes of fresh red berry fruit.
Notes on the Winemaker: Joan Rubió has a reputation as the 'master of Xarel Lo' and it is fully deserved. He spent years working for arguably the finest Cava house Recaredo before setting off on his solo adventure Tiques. He is an expert on biodynamic farming and teaches these practices to many other winemakers in the region. His wines are rich and precise and could even be mistaken for premium white Burgundy.